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Moody's downgrades Lebanon's rating amid financial crisisCredit rating agency Moody's downgraded Lebanon's government issuer ratings Friday to Ca from Caa2 and changed the outlook to stable amid concerns the tiny Arab country might be forced to restructure its massive debt
The Associated Press10 hours ago
Pompeo meets with Oman's new ruler amid US pressure on IranU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting with the new ruler of Oman, a Gulf Arab country that has close ties with both Washington and Tehran and has previously provided a back channel for talks between the adversaries
The Associated Press13 hours ago
Erdogan urges Putin to rein in Syria, end human crisisTurkey's President has urged Russia to “restrain" the Syrian government and to halt a humanitarian crisis unfolding in northwest Syria
The Associated Press15 hours ago
A photographer takes photos near the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship anchored at a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Passengers tested negative for COVID-19 started disembarking since Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Israel says cruise passenger flown home from Japan has virusIsraeli health officials say one of the 11 Israelis who were flown home after being quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan has tested positive for the new virus that emerged in China
The Associated Press16 hours ago
Health Minister Hamad Hassan gestures during a press conference, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Hassan on Friday reported the Mediterranean country's first case of the new virus.  He said the patient was a 45-year-old woman who arrived on Thursday on a flight from the Iranian city of Qom. He said the woman was in "good health" and that the ministry was also following up on the cases of two other people suspected of having the illness. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Iran reports 2 more deaths, 13 new cases of new coronavirusIran has reported two more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China and says the fatalities were from among 13 new confirmed cases of the virus in Iran
The Associated Press16 hours ago
Iran reports 2 more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China, says they were from among 13 new confirmed casesIran reports 2 more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China, says they were from among 13 new confirmed cases
The Associated Press16 hours ago
People take to the streets in the capital Algiers to protest against the government, for the 50th Friday running, in Algeria, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Fateh Guidoum)
Algeria on cusp of change as protest movement marks 1 yearAlgerian protesters filled the streets of the capital and other cities Friday to mark the first anniversary of their peaceful “smile revolution.”
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Voters register to cast their vote during the parliament elections at a polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Iranians began voting for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and isolate the country diplomatically. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Iranians vote in parliament elections favoring conservativesIranians have voted for a new parliament, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership at the time of a sanctions-linked economic downturn and diplomatic isolation
The Associated Press23 hours ago
Libya's warring parties resume talks in Geneva A U.N. spokesman says that Libya's warring parties have returned to negotiations aimed at salvaging a fragile cease-fire in the North African country after they had suspended talks earlier this week
The Associated Press1 day ago
Israel calls on Belgium to scrap parade over anti-SemitismIsrael has called on Belgium to scrap a Carnival parade this weekend after last year's featured a float with anti-Semitic caricatures
The Associated Press1 day ago
Battles intensify near strategic Yemeni portYemeni officials say a flare-up in violence near a strategic port in Yemen killed at least 18 fighters over the past day
The Associated Press1 day ago
Israeli prosecutors announce criminal investigation into Netanyahu challenger's failed company, jolting election.Israeli prosecutors announce criminal investigation into Netanyahu challenger's failed company, jolting election.
The Associated Press1 day ago
Boat carrying 91 migrants goes missing in Mediterranean The U.N. migration agency and a crisis hotline say that a rubber dinghy packed with 91 migrants that set out from Libyan shores in hopes of reaching Europe has apparently gone missing in the Mediterranean
The Associated Press1 day ago
Israel confirms ultra-Orthodox draft figures were inflated The Israeli military says it found “serious, systemic failures” in its own reporting that inflated figures on the enlistment of ultra-Orthodox Jews
The Associated Press1 day ago
Sudanese activists say security forces fire tear gas at themSudanese pro-democracy activists say the country's security forces have fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters in the capital Khartoum
The Associated Press1 day ago
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